June 16, 2020

June is National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month

Jennifer Jenks is an MD PhD candidate at Duke studying under the mentorship of Dr. Sallie Permar. 

Reasons why Ms. Jenks wants to raise awareness and #STOPCMV:

1.  CMV infection is the most common cause of infant brain damage and the leading cause of nongenetic hearing loss worldwide.

2. CMV infection is the most common congenital infection worldwide, affecting 1 in every 200 babies.  Approximately 20% of these infants will go on to develop permanent sequelae from CMV infection.

3. Infants may show symptoms at birth from congenital CMV infection, but symptoms can also develop months or years after birth.

"While on my Pediatrics rotation as a medical student, I witnessed the devastating impact that congenital CMV infection can have on a patient and his or her family. These experiences motivated me to pursue research that would address gaps in our understanding of congenital CMV transmission and work toward developing highly efficacious vaccines that may help offer infants a healthy start to life." - Ms. Jennifer Jenks

Visit www.nationalcmv.org to learn more about CMV.